This summer while in Joshua Tree, I visited the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum, an outdoor museum spanning 10 acres of desert that showcases the work of African-American artist Noah Purifoy. Purifoy was best known for his assemblage sculptures, and the museum displays work the work he created onsite between 1989 and 2004.
The sculptures are large-scale and immersive, and it was incredible to be able to walk in and around the artwork. Each piece tells a story and is a commentary on society, politics, culture, the environment, and more. There are so many details in each sculpture, there’s no doubt you’d discover something new with each visit. (Which is why I plan to come back again and again.)
Below is a gallery of highlights from my visit. If you are ever in Joshua Tree, a visit to Noah Purifoy’s outdoor museum is a must!